Elise Schaap will shine on the red carpet tomorrow evening at the premiere of My Dad Is An Airplane. This is the opening film at the 41st Netherlands Film Festival, Utrecht. Metro looked up the star actress – although she wouldn’t easily put that word in her mouth. We spoke about her tough role which she did not accept.
The first meeting between Elise Schaap and Metro was in 2008. In a small, cramped changing room caravan at a former Luxembourg military airport, we spoke to her. She played one of the main roles in the big movie Bride Flight, about dozens of Dutch young women who flew a memorable KLM flight in 1953 after their fiancées in New Zealand to marry them. Elise Schaap, a third year student at Toneelacademie Amsterdam, suddenly found herself amongst big names like Rutger Hauer and Willeke van ammelrooy. Pleuni Touw was also there. That conversation was her first interview with a major newspaper.
Elise Schaap is not very young. In her twenties she had already completed a prior study in communication sciences. However, she was still attending school at Yentl & De Boer. The Netherlands had not yet met her. You are now a sought-after and beloved actress. Movies like Then what is love, Away From You on Ferry followed. Series as Undercover (de Netflixhit), Soof: a new beginning on Kruys family were a great success. She stood out in the musicals Into the Woods and – as Rachel Hazes – He believes in me. And beautiful incessantly with types in New Very on The TV Canteen. Elise Schaap has a row so impressive that it is almost unbearable. Because once on the interview chair at hotel Arena, outside in an Amsterdam sun, she herself starts talking about that meeting with Metro in 2008. „That I was still at school, eh? The Rotterdam native, 39, says, “So far ago, how witty. How funny.” “I was really green as grass.”
The opening film of the Netherlands Film Festival (24 September – 2 October) My Dad Is An Airplane is based on Antoinette Beumer’s debut novel. She won the 2018 Hebban Debut Prize with her book – also partly based on her own life. Now Beumer is directing the film, after previous hits such as The happy housewife, Soof on Appointment, yourself too. My Dad Is An Airplane is about Eva (Elise Schaap), who seems to have everything: a family, a successful business and the house of her dreams. Her mother Liz Snoijink suddenly passes away from a heart attack. She discovers that her entire life is filled with lies and secrets. Eva, who is not sad about her mother’s death, begins to feel more anxious and lose her grasp on reality. It turns out that her father Pierre Bokma, a brilliant actor and psychiatric inpatient for over thirty years, is her first contact. This marks the beginning of a disturbing journey into the past.
We can if Metro much more about the drama My Dad Is An Airplane and tell the sometimes bewildering character of Elise Schaap… but just go and watch. There will be many questions in your mind. What we can still report: it is not for nothing the opening film of that 41e Film festival, where the Golden Calves will be awarded next Friday. There is a possibility that Pierre Bokma and Elise Schaap will be nominated on Monday. Although we have to tell the actors of the very successful The Condemnation about the Deventer murder case.
Have you ever read My Father Is An Airplane.
Elise Schaap: „I was hesitant at first, but I did it anyway. It felt like a good reference book. The film is quite different. It was easy to rely on. Director Antoinette Bumer stated it to me, “Just read it.” Eva’s panic and physical sensation are very well described in the book.”
Renowned actor names such as Maarten Heijmans, Lisa Smit and Hannah Hoekstra are also in My Dad Is An Airplane to see. It is surprising that they only play small roles.
Elise: „It was fantastic that they all wanted to participate. Antoinette managed to bind them together by her great name. Flashbacks with Lisa, my father and mother, Maarten, are short but very atmospheric. The images are almost weird. They capture the atmosphere and feeling of what is happening. It is wonderful that these are so easily described.
How did you get in touch with Antoinette and the film?
“I was approached through a casting agency as it is. I got the script and thought ‘My Dad Is An Airplane, well, bit vague title; no idea what it is.” I was touring and spinning for Kruys family. The script was half-baked. I immediately cancelled the role. I didn’t feel like auditioning. Antoinette gave me an app. She then asked me if it was okay to read the app and was interested in my opinion. You will read it if asked directly by the director. And then I thought ‘wow, what a beautiful script…’ But also: ‘I don’t know if this is for me’.”